Manchurian Balls in spicy tomato soup

Something to try for the Chinese New year….An Indo Chinese recipe!!IMG_2272

The inspiration of this recipe is a recipe for vegetable Manchurian I saw in a Nita Mehta’s Vegetarian Chinese book.   I have been trying out several of her recipes recently.  I did not like the thin brownish sauce she served them in so I changed the sauce recipe and  served the manchurian balls in a thick and spicy tomato soup.  Also I couldn’t help smiling when I noticed that she missed out the oil as an ingredient needed for frying these balls.

Ingredients for the Manchurian Balls:

  • 1 cup grated cauliflower
  • 1 cup grated green cabbage
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 3 slices of bread
  • 2 tbls coarse corn flour
  • 2 tbls self raising flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp dhana jiru (a mixture of cumin and coriander powders)
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic (minced using a garlic press)
  • 2 tsp grated ginger
  • 2 green chilies chopped very finely (can use less if you like)
  • 1 litre oil for deep frying.

Ingredients for the tomato soup

  • 2 cups of pasatta
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic (minced using a garlic press)
  • 2 tsp grated ginger
  • 2 green chilies chopped very finely (can use less if you like)
  • 1 tbs soya sauce
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp jaggery (or brown sugar)
  • 2 tbls corn flour
  • 1 tbls sunflower oil
  • 1 finely chopped onion
  • small bunch of coriander for the soup and garnishing
  • chopped chilies for garnishing
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ turmeric


1.  Soak the bread in just enough water to cover it.

2.  Transfer the grated cauliflower, cabbage and carrots to a mixing bowl.  Add the salt, chili powder, dhana jiru, the ginger, garlic, green chilies, turmeric, the corn flour and the self raising flour.P1190745

3. Remove the water from the bread by squeezing it and add to the vegetable mix. Mix well.  The bread helps to bind the mixture.


4. Once mixed, divide the mixture into very small balls and deep fry them until crispy. (apologies for the over exposed photographs)


5. Now Prepare the soup. Heat some oil and cook the onions until they are soft. Add the green chilies, garlic and ginger.

6. Add all the spices such as the salt, turmeric, jaggery and the lemon juice.    Add the pasatta and 2 cups of water and allow the soup to simmer away.

7.  In a small cup, mix the corn flour with water until smooth and add to the soup.  Also add a handful of coriander.

8.  Once the soup comes to a boil, taste it and adjust taste.

9.  Add the fried Manchurian balls to the soup and allow the balls to soak for half an hour so before serving these on their own or with plain rice.  P1190762


Do you change recipes to suit your taste?

  • Oh this is interesting. Not something I would of thought off. It does seem a lot of work, but great for using up veg

  • Mellissa Williams

    Now that looks delicious and no meat too so it must be good for you with all those spices 🙂

  • I’d never have thought to make veg balls. These look delicious 🙂

  • these look utterly delicious and i like the idea of adding veg by grating .. my husband is super picky with veg so this may work for us as he wouldn’t necessarily know what veg was in it!

    • MinaJoshi5409

      Jaime – This worked with my son who is a fussy eater so could work with your hubby!

  • Globalmouse

    Wow this looks absolutely amazing. I am vegetarian and Chinese is my favourite food…this looks delicious.

  • It sounds really delicious and I love the fact that both the Manchurian balls and the tomato soup both have ginger in as i really like the taste 🙂

  • I wonder if I could fool my son with this and pretend it is meat, looks very meaty in the soup. Lovely 🙂

  • Oh I wouldn’t have thought about putting meatballs in tomato soup

    • Sarah – They are vegetable balls.

    • MinaJoshi5409

      Sarah – it’s vegetarian balls

  • Em Rathbone

    I’ve never heard of these, but they sound delicious, I bet my son would absolutely love them, and I’ve been searching for Chinese recipes to introduce the kids to

  • this is something totally new to me , never heard of them but would certainly be willing to give them a try x

  • You Baby Me Mummy

    Sounds very tasty! x

  • Gretta Schifano

    I’m vegetarian and I’m always on the lookout for new recipes – this looks delicious.

  • Thou Shalt Not Covet

    This looks like it would be lovely on a cold winters’ day xxx

  • Sounds delicious, I’d happily eat this but doubt I would have the time or patience to make myself sadly

  • New Mum Online

    Oh I wish I could grab this off the screen right about now. Sounds very yummy x

  • Kara

    I am always changing recipes to suit our taste – these look scrummy

  • This looks and sounds yummy – have pinned for future reference. Will be visiting this blog for more veggie ideas as well.

    • MinaJoshi5409

      Thanks Ruthy

  • Rachel @ Parenthood Highs and

    This sounds yummy. I’m not vegetarian but love veggie food!

  • Beautyqueenuk

    This looks and sounds so yummy x

  • Otilia

    I kept looking to see if it has any meat but it doesn’t. Hm…Really works with my diet this one! Yum!

    • MinaJoshi5409

      this dish is vegetarian as well as vegan

  • this sounds good – will add it to our ‘to try’ list

  • Shobha

    Love these Indo-Chinese dishes.. craving for them already.

  • bericebaby

    Oh wow! This look lovely hun!
    Thanks so much for sharing – My mum would LOVE this!
    Charlotte x

  • My stomach cant handle a lot of spices, but this does look lovely!

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  • This looks very tasty and something different to what I would usually eat.

  • These meatballs look and sound delish! As does the soup! Thank you
    for joining us by linking up to Party Under the Big Top! Hope to see you again
    next time!

    Wishing you a fabulous week!

    Much love,
    Lysa xx
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    • MinaJoshi

      Lysa – This dish is vegetarian. These are vegetable balls.

      • Oh my gosh! I’m so sorry, I knew that they were Vegiterian but I guess being Italian just makes me say meatballs even though I knew they weren’t. Again I apologize if I offended you in any way that was never my intention! xx Lysa

  • ooh these look amazing perfect for a veggie like me! x

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